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Mystery in the Air




Complete old-time radio series "Mystery in the Air", hosted by and starring Peter Lorre.

Lost Episodes:
1945 Season (Stonewall Jackson series starring Jackson Beck):
All 12 Episodes

1947 Season:
#1 The Tell-Tell Heart
#2 Leiningen Versus The Ants
#3 The Touch of Your Hand
#4 The Interruption
#5 Nobody Loves Me


Reviews

Reviewer: toby jug - - July 3, 2014
Subject: Peter Lorre
Peter Lorre his unique voice and delivery will outlive most of the so called stars of today.

Reviewer: Vivia - - July 3, 2014
Subject: Peter Lorre
To the critic who denigrated lorre's speech habits... Along with many other entertainers he fled Nazi Germany. His first language is obviously not English, and according to what I've read, he read phonetically before he learned his new country's language.
Excellent shows! So happy to find new versions of old favorites!!
Reviewer: Shadows_Girl - - October 14, 2011
Subject: Lorre is Da Man!
Peter Lorre died on March 23, 1964.

That's 47 years ago.

Yet everyone still knows EXACTLY who he was.

As for you who criticize him...do you think YOu will be remembered almost half a century after you're dead?

This series is terrific (and those rants were the "Lorre schtick" that made him so beloved as a character actor...whether in THE MALTESE FALCON, CASABLANCA or those Roger Corman movies.

But if you want to see just HOW good an actor he was...check out the Mr. Moto series of movies he made between 1937 and 1939.

OR in Disney's 1954 version of 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA....
Reviewer: Herald7 - - December 8, 2009
Subject: Interesting historical resource!
I disagree with any talk of "overacting." Peter Lorre was an excellent actor who could shine very brightly, given the proper material. The problem was he wasn't always given very high quality material to work with. Plus I don't think his heart was really in all those murder jokes, heh. It was something he felt forced into.

That being said, it's wonderful that these clips are now available to the public after all this time. They really represent a different era in entertainment and our cultural history. :)
Reviewer: wolfie16 - - July 27, 2009
Subject: Passable but not great
Lorre was not a terribly good actor by the late 40's, especially not for radio. He tended to slur his words and had about two modes, mumbling and shouting, with lots of "Yeeessss"s thrown in.

That said, the supporting actors helped out quite a lot in this series, and the scripts weren't too bad either, so this is mostly worth checking out. But I doubt I'll listen to any of these again for a long time.
Reviewer: sav rekons - - June 10, 2009
Subject: change title
Does anyone elsr get an error saying "The input media format is invalid." I use Windows Media Player and have played this seried before. What am I doing wrong?

yes..

some things show this, if you change the title, ie, get rid of the underscores..through propieties?.. it will or should work. some things, this doesn't work, it'll work with winamp or try downloading again..
as for the review, i think enoughs been said if you like peter lorres' stuff you should enjoy this.

sav rekons 4 stars
Reviewer: manumoka - - December 25, 2008
Subject: Well done but overacted by Lorre
Most of the stories are classics or at least regarded short-stories, and are very well-adapted for radio (not an easy task).

It's interesting to hear (future officer) Harry Morgan do the announcing and an occasional character. Peter Lorre is very good, but tends to have these annoying outbursts of extreme rants of over-acting, which are out of place and detracting. Nonetheless, the rest of his performances are quite natural and fluid compared to the radio performers of his day and the shows are well made.

It's amazing to realize that someone scored rather sophisticated soundtracks for a live orchestra for each show. Of course this was true for many of these shows; this one just did it particularly well.
Reviewer: guppypartz - - December 23, 2008
Subject: The Horla
I think The Horla is the best of the series and is close to the original story (etexts of de Mauppassant stories can be found online)..

The Lodger story was performed in 1940 (the ending slightly different), in the popular 'Suspense' radio show, premiere episode, entitled 'Forcast The Lodger,' starring Herbert Marshall as the creepy lodger (he performed the narrator part as well). I believe the Barrasto story was also previously performed on Suspense. Perhaps they all were.

Lorre has a habit of punctuating lines with 'Yes' no matter what the part or story ... listen for it, it's curiously soothing ... Best of all are the times when he snaps and raises his voice to a thunderous growl.
Reviewer: Digital Earl - - November 9, 2007
Subject: The Horla
Yep, I'll second The Horla as being the stand out piece here.

Audio quality is good. Thanks, original uploader!

A really fun series, especially if you're into Peter Lorre...and who isn't?

Add 1/2 of a star to my rating.
Reviewer: J Alfred Prufrock - - November 4, 2007
Subject: Help!
Does anyone elsr get an error saying "The input media format is invalid." I use Windows Media Player and have played this seried before. What am I doing wrong?
Reviewer: Wakashimazu - - May 18, 2007
Subject: Fantastic!
Archive.org, you've done it again! This is my 3rd (or 4th :) favorite old time radio show.

Fans of suspense and horror will not be disappointed with Mystery in the Air. After all, its stars Peter Lorre!
Reviewer: davidinberkeley - - May 16, 2007
Subject: Not many, but well done
I really enjoyed this series because it was very well produced and performed. The stories were on the romantic side with a touch of madness added.

If you're familiar with the work of Peter Lorre, you'll understand since he's the star. If you like his brand of acting that is sometimes punctuated with outbursts of creepy histrionics, you'll like this. (There's even an episode here where this actually works to the actor's disadvantage.)

Since it seems to hinge on his persona (at least in the 2 episodes I've heard), it should be something you already enjoy.
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